POSITIVE MESSENGERS – COMBATTING ONLINE HATE SPEECH

Materials for Schools

AN OVERVIEW

2016 – present

“Coalition of Positive Messengers to Counter Online Hate Speech”

https://www.positivemessengers.net/

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These draft materials have been developed by the UK partners in the Positive Messengers project – The Languages Company, Goldsmiths College and The British Council.

Positive Messengers is a project funded by the European Commission involving a consortium of 8 organisations from 7 European countries: Bulgaria, Italy, Croatia, Czech Republic, Greece, Romania and the UK.  It aims to confront the issue of online hate speech in particular hate speech which is targeted against migrants, refugees and people of different nationalities and religions.

The materials have been created for use in schools, both primary and secondary.  They set out to explain the nature of  hate speech, to dispel myths about immigrants and to help users to combat hatred and to develop a counter narrative.

They are freely available and downloadable.

Your response

The materials are still in draft form.  We very much want teachers, student teachers and others working with children to make use of them, to try them out and to let us know what works and what needs to be developed further.

We would be very happy to receive your suggestions and draft materials.

The aim will be to produce a more definitive version online later this year.

If you have any comments please contact us at

positivemessengers@languagescompany.com

Please also visit the Project Messengers website, where you can also upload materials

http://positivemessengers.net/en/

You can browse folders below and download individual files or you can Download all files in zip format 138MB here.













AS TIME GOES BY...

A message from The Languages Company.

After 14 years we have regretfully decided to cut back our activities.

The website will remain live, but untended, until the end of 2022 should you wish to download some of the historic and we think useful documents it contains.

As well as the outcomes of projects such as LUCIDE and Positive Messengers there may be some interest in the reviews of the past, and our thinking on Pedagogy, in particular in the light of current developments.

We would have wished to withdraw on a high note, with many of the challenges of the last decades resolved. Sadly this is not the case.

It will, however, be for a new generation to take up the struggle for greater language capability and the dream of languages for all in a world of mutual respect.